Our "Christmas Storehouse"

What shall we give at Christmas time? And what shall we celebrate? The Christian Scientist looks on Christmas as an opportune time to consider the truths he has learned concerning the Christ.

In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 159) Mary Baker Eddy speaks of her "Christmas storehouse." Of it she writes, "In this chamber is memory's wardrobe, where I deposit certain recollections and rare grand collections once in each year." Continuing, she gives a few of the thoughts that filled her consciousness on one Christmas: " 'O glorious Truth! O Mother Love! how has the sense of Thy children grown to behold Thee! and how have many weary wings sprung upward! and how has our Model, Christ, been unveiled to us, and to the age!' "

Instead of begging for more of good, the Christian Scientist endeavors to become fully conscious of what already is revealed to him, and to use this revelation. To his own "Christmas storehouse" he brings consecration, gratitude, and awareness of present good. After pondering the things of Spirit, he finds that his understanding is clearer, and that he has a greater sense of spiritual power. He is better prepared to say to those who seek his aid, "Such as I have give I thee: ... rise up and walk." All that is worth having, he can give by reflection of God, and by that alone.

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"Numbering the people"
December 24, 1938

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